About to turn 40, there's no doubt in her mind that suburban wife and mother-of-two Claire Taylor has settled. A wild week in Chicago may have shaken things up a bit, but when she returns home on the eve of Hallowe'en, she knows that this is where her life is. Except that it's all gone. The house is stripped and her family is gone. By dawn next morning, her supposedly mortgage-free home has been foreclosed against, one of Danny's childhood friends lies dead in her backyard, and Claire is caught up in a nightmare that began with her husband on Hallowe'en night, 1976.
Anna falls deeply in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold husband would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution.
Orphan Kate Fox is determined to make her mark in the world, and what better way to secure her future than to marry money? When she attracts the attention of media mogul Marcus Broder, it seems as though all of Kate's dreams have come true. But marriage to Marcus isn't everything she imagined.
You can learn a lot about a husband by reading his e-mail --sometimes, too much Kate, a senior executive at a multinational hotel company, has devoted her life to her job and her family. Catering to the needs of others comes easily to her, but now, after ten years of marriage and two children, Kate discovers e-mails from her husband to another woman. Forced to take a long look at her marriage, she finds that there are all kinds of things she's been doing her best not to see. At the same time, the political machinations in her office begin to take on an increasingly Shakespearean level of drama and ferocity. With both her work and home lives crumbling around her, Kate has to keep up appearances for her daughters as she tries to figure out who her husband really is and what he means to her now.
Meridy Dresden was once a free-spirited, fun-loving girl. All that changed when the boy she loved was killed in a tragic fire. Now, years later, Meridy must return to the South Carolina Low Country and summon the courage to make a decision that may destroy everything she's worked so hard to protect-including her heart.
Paula Spencer has survived a hard life, beset by alcoholism and spousal abuse. From a child in a happy Irish family, she developed into an alluring teenager, a young wife and mother, and, after eighteen years, a widow. At thirty-nine, she is struggling to reclaim her life. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex.